Studies (97 to 02) predict over-view of a rather dreadful replay of history... And depending upon which part of the globe, age, or time-line; one of the (5) scenarios below leaves a ghoulish sense of dread.
First I will begin by acknowledging...
Op-Ed Contributor From Russia With Loathing NYT
Russia’s post-cold war humiliation is real. But as the human rights activist Elena Bonner, widow of the great scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, told me recently: "Nobody humiliated Russia. Russia humiliated itself."
Putin’s Imperial Designs Are Reminiscent of Stalin’s: more.
According to a recent poll by a Russian television network, the symbol of renewal of present-day Russia turns out to be none other than Josef Stalin, by a substantial margin... Stalin left behind two colorful Vladimirs - the singer Vladimir Vysotsky and the revolutionary Vladimir Lenin - and a host of other perennial Russian heroes like Ivan the Terrible and Alexander Pushkin. SOURCE: China.notspecial
#1) Agricultural History: Stalin's Five Year Plan...megaessay
Joseph Stalin, leader of Russia (1928-1953), created a Five-Year Plan that included methods and goals which were detrimental to Russian agriculture in 1928. Stalin wanted to transform individual farms into large collective farms because he saw that the government was losing money to private traders. This required that the majority of farmers would have to work and live together on large state-run farms. Through these farms Stalin hoped to increase agricultural productivity, to create grain reserves for Russia, and to free many peasants for industrial work in the cities.
In order to begin collectivization Stalin had about 5 million wealthier peasants, or kulaks, deported and/or killed and their equipment and livestock sent to collective farms. Many of the remaining peasants were forced into collective farms to work where they faced disease, starvation, and death. The effects of Stalin's collectivization resulted in mass disruption of agricultural productivity and incalculable human losses. I will stop here: or keep reading...
-Resurgent Russia makes waves in Latin America -News.
#2) Stalin Wanted a Much Larger World Claim...
This was all part of Stalin's grand design to conquer Europe (and, eventually, the entire world). He helped Hitler re-arm the German military, expecting him to attack Western Europe, thus acting as "the icebreaker of the revolution"; signed the 1939 non-aggression pact, which was supposed to allay Hitler's fears of being attacked by Stalin, while also creating a common border where there was none before; waited for Hitler to invade Poland first, so that Hitler would be forever known as the villain who started the war; then, he was to strike at Hitler from behind, defeat him, and "liberate" all of Europe (i.e. Further his regime throughout, or perhaps even annex it).
Hitler somehow got wind of this, and, out of desperation, attacked the USSR first; but he really had no chance of winning anyway, so -- despite the huge initial advantage -- he still lost (but as a result, Stalin only managed to get half of Europe rather than all of it, and his hopes of world-wide conquest were pretty much dead). More at: ACE.
BOOK: "The Chief Culprit" -by Viktor Suvorov
#3) Spigot Strategy...
Even before the Georgia mini-war, Russia was playing for keeps in the region. Starting in the 1990s, Russia often got its way by manipulating its oil and natural gas pipelines, which, despite the West's efforts, still dominate Caspian output. Russian pipelines ship more than 85% of the 6.3 million barrels of oil exported daily from the former Soviet Union. In its struggles with the republics, Russia has turned its spigots off and on repeatedly. In 1993, for instance, Moscow shut off Turkmenistan's gas exports to the West, forcing the Turkmen to sell at a lower price to Ukraine...
SOURCE: Strategicstudiesinstitute PDF (2002)
#4) Regional Security... A Date for the Twins...
A) pt 1. ; B) pt 2. ; C) read; D) read.; E) more.;
A)- pt 1.) The results were surprising not only for the Qatar's secret services, but also for their Western colleagues. It appeared that at the end of November, 2003, the embassy was visited by the above-mentioned "Russian", who met al-Zawahiri in the summer of 1998 in Kandahar.
#5) Markets trading and currency devaluation schemes...
A regime's curiously diligent efforts since 2000, to remove US from the Financial Markets with both trading and currency devaluation schemes...
Ooops! "weaken the dollar coalition" caused Economy back-fire!
Russia allows ruble to weaken International Herald Tribune
"The central bank will allow the rouble to devalue in small steps, combining this with a gradual increase in interest rates. It will time the moves to surprise the market; and may also take advantage of any temporary dollar weakness or increased demand for roubles, for example to meet tax payments, to make the moves against the dollar...
"Sentiment is moving against Russia," said James Fenkner, managing partner at Red Star Asset Management in Moscow. "If oil has any kind of bounce, the market will look kindly on Russia. If oil (prices) begin to slip, there will be a great unwind." more.
Russia Organizing New Global Order Story.
Challenges in Latin America: Russians in Caracas, Misrule in Managua
Russian Analyst Predicts Decline and Breakup of USA: #
"He even suggested that "we could claim Alaska - it was only granted on lease, after all." read. FACT: On March 30, 1867, the United States purchased Alaska. More facts here. View -Cancelled Check.
Russia quake vibrations picked up in SoCal
United Press International - 14 hours ago; 24 (UPI) -- Computerized earthquake sensors in California mistakenly registered shock waves from a quake in Russia as local temblors, seismologists said. Nuclear weapons test?
Russia test fires ballistic missile WORLD NEWS tvnz.co.nz
Russia test-fired a new-generation inter-continental ballistic missile, the RS- 24, for the third time in two years, Russian news agencies reported.